UNICEF was created in December 1946. Since then, it promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything they do.  Together with partners, UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.

In Ethiopia, UNICEF provided technical and financial support to the government to set up the National Nutrition Program (NNP) since 2008 to combat malnutrition, to reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and to scale up the implementation of the preventative Community-Based Nutrition (CBN) activities in the four largest regions in Ethiopia. 

UNICEF like all the world’s leading development institutions is committed to achieve the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015. Goal number four: reducing the under-5 mortality rate by two thirds was achieved in 2012. Furthermore the country is showing steady progress in reducing the levels of stunting or chronic malnutrition from 52% in 2000 to 44% by 2011.

The NNP was revised in 2013 and UNICEF as a development partner supports the key actions focusing on the first 1000 days in a child’s life, adolescent nutrition and most importantly the prioritisation of multi-sectorial coordination among key development ministries.